Well… they may be grateful for the revenue. But they are most certainly not grateful for the mess these people leave behind. The impression left by these people is that Jews are an unruly bunch who couldn’t care less about the properties they rent
It’s probably true that the Ukrainians in Uman appreciate the money. But the price these Chasidim pay is far more than the money they spend there. It is a price too high to put a financial value on. It s the price of creating a Chilul HaShem.
It is especially grievous when people leave the holy land during this time of year. And leave their wives and children behind. And spend the money and the time to travel to the Ukraine. I don’t think that is what God has in mind for the Jewish people during this time of year. And God certainly does not approve of it when it ends up in a Chilul HaShem.
If the Breslover Rebbe were still alive, he would not only disapprove, he would forbid his Chasidim from ever going to his grave again… at least not in such massive numbers.
He would have been right. I don’t like bans. But banning this might not be such a bad idea.
I leave for Israel today and will be located in Ramat Bet Shemesh for Yom Tov. My blogging schedule will not be affected. I expect to be publishing new posts every day except of course on Shabbos and Yom Tov. However my moderation duties will be affected for the next 24 hours or so. If your comment goes into moderation. Be patient. I will resume moderating the comments tomorrow after I arrive and get settled in.
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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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